27 January 2020
  • Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech at an event commemorating the 200th birth anniversary of Karl Marx, in Beijing on Friday. Photo: Reuters

    Xi wants workers to unite and overthrow their oppressors?

    - May 4, 2018 5:39pm
    What will the average cadre in Hunan province make of the following sterling call for the workers of the world to reject alternatives to the Communist Party such as: “the Owenites in England, and the Fourierists in...
  • Hong Kong's bureaucrats seem to believe their job is to meticulously follow a set of rules regardless of how absurd they may be, critics say. Photo: Bloomberg

    These bureaucrats really should be ashamed of themselves

    - Apr 20, 2018 5:30pm
    After an enormous public outcry the brainless bureaucrats who threatened to prosecute drivers forced to help the police in a car chase had to withdraw their threats of punishment and apologize. This farrago followed an incident...
  • Beijing, the Hong Kong government and the pro-establishment camp have ganged up on HKU law professor and pro-democracy activist Benny Tai after he discussed Hong Kong independence at a seminar in Taiwan. Photo: Bloomberg

    1984 in fiction, 2018 in reality… Hong Kong style

    - Apr 6, 2018 6:00pm
    In George Orwell’s dystopian novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four, a totalitarian dictatorship devises the concept of thought crime to punish those who dare to think of concepts deemed to challenge the established order. In the Hong Kong of...
  • Tam Yiu-chung, the sole Hong Kong member of the NPC Standing Committee, has proffered the idea of not just banning advocacy of independence in Hong Kong but adding the requirement that there can be no criticism of one-party rule. Photo: CNSA

    How Hong Kong’s echo chamber works

    - Mar 23, 2018 5:34pm
    At last I’ve found a reason to agree with Carrie Lam. In a recent interview with the Financial Times, Hong Kong’s leader was asked which political leader she most admires. Lam prefaced her answer with the...
  • There have been calls among some pro-Beijing politicians that Hong Kong’s street names need to be ‘decolonized’. Photo: Bloomberg

    Why can’t Queen’s Road be renamed as Anti-imperialism Boulevard?

    - Mar 9, 2018 5:13pm
    Why can’t Victoria Park be renamed as Liberation Park? Maybe Queen’s Road can become Anti-Imperialism Boulevard and, of course Statue Square, which has the audacity to honor those who died in the service of British imperialism,...
  • Disney theme park in Hong Kong has posted another year of losses, becoming a millstone for the Hong Kong government, the majority shareholder in the venture. Photo: Bloomberg

    Hong Kong govt in tourism Wonderland

    - Feb 23, 2018 5:42pm
    The Hong Kong government’s Mickey Mouse attempts to play the leading role in the territory’s tourism industry have yet again been shown to be costing the taxpayer a vast sum of money. No wonder the administration...
  • As the March 11 Legco by-elections draw nearer, the Electoral Affairs Commission appears incapable of stating what the ground rules are. Photo: HKEJ

    Why is the official election watchdog refusing to watch?

    - Jan 26, 2018 5:09pm
    Who qualifies to stand as a candidate in Legislative Council elections? It’s a simple question that needs to be answered by the Electoral Affairs Commission. However, as the March 11 by-elections draw nearer, the Commission appears...
  • Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam (left) is doggedly defending her new justice secretary Teresa Cheng (right) amid a controversy over illegal structures at the latter's home. Photo: HKEJ

    Obeying the law is only for the ‘little people’

    - Jan 12, 2018 6:00pm
    There’s one law for the rich and influential and another for everyone else – how often have we heard that said and why on earth is the Chief Executive Carrie Lam trying to turn herself into...
  • Chief Executive Carrie Lam revealed in a recent interview that she has little time for sleep or recreation. Photo: Bloomberg

    She hardly sleeps, she doesn’t relax … Carrie is a worry

    - Dec 29, 2017 5:33pm
    I have long worried about the Chief Executive Carrie Lam, a person seemingly devoid of a sense of humor and rather robotic in her social interactions. Now these misgivings have been confirmed by her disturbing declaration...
  • Membership of democrat organizations is most definitely not the key to high office in Hong Kong. Photo: Bloomberg

    Quit the democrats, land a job!

    - Dec 15, 2017 6:00pm
    One of the surest ways of being appointed to high office in Hong Kong is to abandon membership of a pro-democracy party and either join the government and or sign up to a pro-establishment party. Without...
  • Last year, 57,305 mainland immigrants, or 157 per day, arrived in Hong Kong for settlement, some 5 percent more than are supposed to be coming here under current arrangements. Photo: HKEJ

    The immigration minefield grows bigger

    - Dec 1, 2017 6:02pm
    The utter stupidity and dysfunctionality of Hong Kong’s immigration policy have been highlighted yet again with the government’s belated revelation that last year 57,305 mainland immigrants, or 157 per day, arrived here for settlement, in other words, some...
  • Li Fei does not have a reputation as an electric orator and a speech on constitutional issues is hardly the stuff that sets the average school student’s heart racing. Photo: HKEJ.

    Boring for the nation is not the same as rallying the nation

    - Nov 17, 2017 6:00pm
    Only a bunch of deluded bureaucrats and equally misguided democrats could possibly have expressed concern over the fact that a (admittedly worrying) speech by Basic Law Committee chairman Li Fei was broadcast live to some 50...
  • The Gay Games would demonstrate greater tolerance for sexual and ethnic minorities and display a more relaxed attitude towards the taboos that are still very much alive in Hong Kong. Photo: Gay Games

    No welcome for a great Hong Kong success

    - Nov 3, 2017 6:01pm
    Disappointing hardly begins to describe the government’s dismal response to the success of the Hong Kong team in securing the SAR as a venue for the 2022 global gay games. This is an event that will...
  • The pro-establishment camp sees the role of the legislature as being that of facilitator to the government, not a watchdog. Photo: Bloomberg

    Plans for a pussycat

    - Oct 20, 2017 6:00pm
    How do you turn a toothless tiger into a pussycat? This is the question gleefully being answered by the Lam administration and its ever-obedient friends in the pro-government camp. They know that they have a relatively...
  • Ann Chiang wrote on Facebook that the Las Vegas tragedy is the 'price of too much freedom'. Photo: RTHK

    Idiot of the Month: And the winner is…

    - Oct 6, 2017 11:46am
    The hotly contested title of Hong Kong’s Idiot of the Month has been won by Ann Chiang of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong who is never shy in contending for...
  • The targeting of HKU professor and Occupy campaign co-founder Benny Tai is seen as part of a much wider attack on Hong Kong's civil society. Photo: Bloomberg

    Hong Kong’s Red Guards taste blood

    - Sep 22, 2017 6:08pm
    Should Hong Kong’s re-born Red Guards have their way and succeed in getting Benny Tai thrown out of the University of Hong Kong, does anyone seriously think they will stop there? Of course not, as the...
  • Hong Kong authorities have been accused of treating vocational training centers as second-class institutions when it comes to supply of resources, compared to universities. Photo: HK Govt

    Education in Hong Kong: A tale of snobbery and ignorance

    - Sep 8, 2017 6:00pm
    Educational snobbery and ignorance are a terrible combination and one that is quite prevalent in Hong Kong. To absolutely no one’s surprise the tycoon-run Bauhinia Foundation Research Centre has recently produced a survey showing that an...
  • A file picture shows delegates standing for the Chinese national anthem in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People ahead of a key conclave. The history of the anthem is drenched in politics. Photo: Bloomberg

    What Carrie Lam does not know about the national anthem

    - Sep 1, 2017 6:00pm
    Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s top leader, has urged the public “not to politicize” proposals for the introduction of legislation on use of the Chinese national anthem, The March of the Volunteers. Mrs Lam either has a...
  • A demonstrator covers his head with cardboard jail bars during a rally in Hong Kong on Aug. 20 after a local court ordered jail terms for Occupy student leaders Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow. Photo: Reuters

    Have the judges been nobbled?

    - Aug 25, 2017 6:00pm
    Has the Hong Kong judiciary succumbed to political control? This question has been brought into sharp focus in the wake of the Appeal Court’s imposition of heavier sentences on democracy protestors. However the question of whether...
  • If Howard Lam's story is a lie, why did he produce such a lurid tale when there was a high possibility of the truth being uncovered? Photo: Reuters

    Worrying questions surround the Howard Lam saga

    - Aug 18, 2017 6:00pm
    Democratic Party member Howard Lam’s claims of having been abducted and tortured by mainland officials appear shakier by the day but subsequent police action and his arrest for misleading the police also raise a great number...